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The Reign of the Super-Man

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster had initially created a bald telepathic villain bent on dominating the world, in the short story The Reign of the Super-Man. The story appeared in the third issue of the typewritten, mimeographed science fiction fanzine titled Science Fiction: The Advance Guard of Future Civilization, 18-year-old Shuster printed in 1933.


In the story, a mad scientist, a chemist named Professor Ernest Smalley, randomly chooses raggedly-dressed vagrant Bill Dunn from a bread line, and recruits him to participate in an experiment in exchange for "a real meal and a new suit". When Smalley's experimental potion grants Dunn telepathic powers, the man becomes intoxicated by his power and seeks to rule the entire world. This superpowered man uses these abilities for evil, only to discover that the potion's effects are temporary. Having killed the evil Smalley, who had intended to kill Dunn and give himself the same powers, Dunn cannot recreate the secret formula. As the story ends, Dunn's powers wear off and he realizes he will be returning to the bread line to be a forgotten man once more.

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